It’s show time for the 1st annual DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase, being held this Thursday through Saturday, November 3-5, 2016, on the DeLand Municipal Airport, and the weather forecast is looking great! Gates will open at 8 a.m. daily, with exhibits opening at 9 a.m. and closing at 5 p.m
100 Exhibitors of All Things Sport Aviation
Nearly 100 aviation companies from throughout the United States, Europe, and South America have registered to exhibit at the Showcase. Exhibitors will display and demonstrate a wide variety of sport aircraft as well as aircraft accessories, including avionics, engines, headsets, propellers, and more. A complete listing of exhibitors is available on the Showcase website, www.sportaviationvillage.com/showcase/exhibitors.
The Showcase is extending a special welcome to pilots of homebuilt aircraft. A Homebuilts Display area is conveniently located close to both the indoor and outdoor exhibits, providing an opportunity for aircraft owners to show their aircraft and talk with visitors. Anyone wishing to participate – for one day or the whole event – should complete an online Homebuilts Registration at www.sportaviationvillage.com/homebuilt-display-parking-registration/. EAA and/or AOPA members, please bring your membership cards to receive a 25% discount on admission.
The FAA has issued a NOTAM for the 2016 Showcase. It can be viewed online at www.sportaviationvillage.com/flying-directions/. AirBossInc. will operate a temporary tower at KDED from Thursday through Saturday.
Swift Fuels will be selling its unleaded UL94 avgas with full service refueling onsite for $3.95 per gallon. Interested customers may contact Swift Fuels during the event at Radio Frequency 122.950 or by calling (844) FLY-UL94 or (844) 359-8594. Swift Fuels will also be passing out fuel info/order cards with all of its contact details throughout the event; Swift will NOT be selling 100LL.
EAA Homebuilt Community Manager Charlie Becker will present a Keynote Speech at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Show Center Tent, providing the latest news and information about homebuilt aircraft activities. He will also present two forums throughout the weekend. The complete forum schedule is available online at: www.sportaviationvillage.com/forums.
Other Special Guest Speakers include William Wynne of FlyCorvair.com speaking at 1 p.m. on Friday; Rachel St. Louis, of Rachel’s Jewelry Machias with Dan Johnson, and David Malcomb, of the Eagles Nests Projects, will speak on Saturday at 1 and 1:30 p.m. respectively.
In addition, daily demo flights, manufacturer showcase flights, and exhibitor demonstrations will provide lots of opportunities for aviation enthusiasts and others to enjoy learning about flying for fun. Educational forums will provide information for aviation newcomers and seasoned pilots alike. On-site food concessions will make it easy for visitors to enjoy the Showcase for one, two, or all three days.
Showcase admission is $20/day for adults 18 and over; $10 for youth aged 11-17 — with a 25% discount for EAA and AOPA members showing their current membership card. NBAA attendees are invited to bring their NBAA tickets for a 50% discount on admission to Showcase 2016. Parking is free for cars and aircraft.
To encourage youth participation in aviation, students will be offered complimentary admission on Saturday, November 5, when accompanied by a chaperone. Please bring a student ID for verification. Youth 10 and under are admitted for free every day.
Members of the Flying Musicians Association (FMA) will perform daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Show Center Tent. They also will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily to talk about FMA programs and scholarship opportunities, to swap aviation/music stories, and for impromptu music sessions.
John Zapp, co-founder and President of FMA, said, “The opportunity to reach out to fellow musicians, whether pilots or not, to inspire, educate, and encourage folks to follow their passion in music and flight is fantastic! We are thrilled to participate in this inaugural event.”
Each year, FMA awards a scholarship to a high school junior and senior who is in his/her school band and has a desire to fly. The winner will receive funding, materials, and support toward soloing an aircraft. Nominations must be received from their band director. Learn more at www.flyingmusicians.org.
EAA Chapter 635 based on KDED is hosting a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning, Nov. 5, from 8 to 11 a.m. (or until the food runs out) in the Showcase Food Court. They’ll be serving scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, and coffee, all for the cost of $5. Because the breakfast is being held on the Showcase grounds, attendees will also have to pay Showcase admission.
EAA Chapter 635 will also be hosting a corn roast each day of the Showcase, from 11 am. to 5 p.m. The price is $5.00 for two ears of corn.
Volunteers Still Needed
Volunteers are still needed to fill some volunteer slots to assist in the operation of the Showcase. A complete listing of volunteer opportunities with assignment details is available online at: www.sportaviationvillage.com/volunteer-opportunities/.
You can learn more about the Showcase online at www.sportaviationshowcase.com … via Facebook by “liking” DeLand Sport Aviation Village – www.Facebook.com/DeLandSportAviationVillage or by following on Twitter @DeLandShowcase.